Why Use Interfacing with Applique?

Interfacing makes a difference when embroidering on light colored backgrounds. Did you know that it also helps to make your applique a little bit more crisp and clean?

No interfacing, left, and interfaced, right.

Interfacing works well with standard fill stitch embroidery, so why use interfacing with applique embroidery?

  • Interfacing supports fabric like stabilizer supports thread.
  • Interfaced applique holds up better to wear and tear over time.
  • Applique fabric that is interfaced is generally less wavy and more crisp.
  • Edge stitches are typically  more uniform.
  • Satin stitched applique designs with interfacing are cleaner around the embroidery edge. Needle marks show less.

My interfacing of choice is fusible Pellon ShapeFlex. It is available in black and white, accommodating many fabric colors.